Driver makes sexual gestures to women, children in Pacific Beach

Posted at 11:30 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 02:37:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) --A Pacific Beach woman is warning other women and parents with young kids to watch out for a driver who she says was sexually harassing her in traffic.

Rachel Pham said it happened Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. as she was leaving work. Pham had just turned onto Garnet Avenue.

“It catches the corner of my eye, this guy that is keeping pace with my car,” Pham said. “He’s staring at me, smiling, making obscene sexual hand gestures at me.”

Pham said it was disgusting and violating, especially because she’s been sexually harassed before, so she tried to get away, but said the driver kept following her.

“It was sexually obscene gestures, not just obscene gestures,” Pham said. “It was truly sickening.”

Pham said the man was relentless, and what’s more, she was particularly worried because of the stories she’s heard about women being attacked in Pacific Beach.

“By watching the news there have been some recent attacks, some women have been maybe drugged or rufied,” Pham said. “I’m honestly too scared to even look to my side out the window.”

Pham called the police, but was shocked to find out that there isn’t much they can do.

The San Diego Police Department told 10News, if the man had shown his body parts—that could have been indecent exposure—and had he forced her off the road in his car—that could be an assault.

Investigators say while she may have been harassed, that can be tough to prove.

Police said if you are worried someone is following you, don’t go home, drive to a police station instead.